Privacy and Cookie Policy

Data Protection and Privacy

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David supports the protection of internet privacy as required by UK legislation and recognises that personal privacy is an important issue.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is legally obliged to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The personal details collected through our website and provided by you, the user, will be processed in line with the legislation. We will not sell, license or trade any personal information to others. We do not provide personal information to direct marketing companies or other such organisations.

It is also possible to make credit or debit card payments to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David through the website. These payments are handled by a third party e-commerce company called WPM, and they have their own privacy statement.

Cookie Policy

The standard cookie policy for University of Wales Trinity Saint David website is to allow all cookies. This website makes use of cookies to help provide the user with certain features. This helps to ensure the user has the optimal experience. If users would like to continue with the optimal website experience, no changes need to be made, however if they would like to restrict or block the use of cookies, this can be done through using the settings in the web browser. Also see Do I need Cookies?

We must stress that by restricting or blocking the cookies used by UWTSD, will stop services such as Moodle and MyTSD from working.

Cookies are small text files that when visiting a website save to your computer hard drive when you navigate through their webpages. They are widely and commonly used to make websites function properly and to make them function more efficiently, as well as to provide different types of information to the website owners.

They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer.

Some of the ways cookies are used include:

  • saving the users recently viewed pages
  • identifying any problems that may have been encountered during the website visit, so any problems can be solved
  • remember login account details for accounts such as Moodle and Athens, which makes it easier for the users to find and access

Cookies can be grouped into four categories:

  1. Strictly necessary cookies Strictly necessary cookies are essential to enable the user to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies services that have been asked for, like online payments, cannot be provided.
  2. Performance cookies Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for example which pages visitors look at most often, and if they get error messages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All the information these cookies collect are accumulated and kept anonymous. These are only used to improve how a website works.
  3. Functionality cookies Functional cookies support the use of the site and enable enhanced and personalised features. Some of these cookies are necessary to enable the user to move around the website without encountering any problems when using certain functionalities.

These cookies are used to allow the website to remember the choices a user makes (such as user name, language or the region the user is in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For example, a website may be able to provide local weather reports or traffic news by placing a cookie stating the region in which the user is currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes that have been made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that can customised. The information these cookies collect can be anonymised; they cannot track browsing activity on other websites.

  1. Targeting cookies Targeting cookies are used to deliver adverts relevant to the user and their interests. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember those that visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation. (University of Wales Trinity Saint David DON’T use targeting cookies at the time of publication)

Yes and No – depending on what sites you are using

If the user would like to restrict or block the cookies which are set by the University, or any other website, this can be done by amending the browser settings. Most browsers can be configured to refuse cookies, or to provide a warning before they are accepted by a computer.  The help function within the browser should state how to configure it to refuse cookies or to alert the user when they are used.

However with that being said, cookies can have their advantages: in many cases they enhance the user experience on-line.  University of Wales Trinity Saint David uses cookies to enhance the on-line experience. Disabling cookies when using the website will mean that the user will not be able to enjoy and take full advantage of the University website’s functionality and services.

It is important to note that some services that the University provides require cookies to function. If the settings are configured to prevent cookies it is likely the user won’t be able to login to services such as Moodle, MyTSD and others that use cookies as part of the authentication process.  Moodle and MyTSD use session based cookies which are only ‘alive’ during that browser session and are forgotten once the browser is shut down.

More information about cookie management can be found at All About Cookies.

If you wish you can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

Use of cookies by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The standard cookie policy for the University website is to allow all cookies. The privacy and security of your personal information is very important to Trinity Saint David. The University are not saving or sharing any personal information about users through cookies.

MyTSD (Essential Functional Cookie)

Prospectus Request Form (Gather Information)

Open Days Request Form (Gather Information)

Online Payment System (Functional Cookie)

Online Applications (Functional Cookie)

Moodle (Essential Functional Cookie)

LRC (Functional Cookies)

Student View (Functional Cookie)

Performance cookies

(By using the University website, the user agrees that the university can place these types of cookies on the device(s) that are being used to engage with the website)

Google Analytics

The Google Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. The University uses the information to compile reports and to help improve the site. An example of the type of information collected includes, the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

The information is collected and kept anonymous. Please visit the Google privacy policy for additional information. See here for Information about Google Analytics' use of cookies.

Functionality cookies

The University uses a range of external services within its website, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. These third party cookies are categorised as functionality cookies

At the time of publication (of this privacy/cookie notice) the University is aware that the following third party services make use of functionality cookies:

By using the third party services listed above from the University website, you are likely to come into contact with the cookies that these providers make use of. These third parties provide details of how to opt out of using the cookies that they make use of, from their own websites.

Management of cookies

University of Wales Trinity Saint David will normally make use of the cookies that fall into the following categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies (to include some session cookies)
  • Performance cookies
  • Functionality (Session) cookies

Both Moodle and MyTSD use session cookies – if these are disabled then it is not possible to login

Use of the targeting cookies will be by exceptional circumstances only. When using targeting cookies the University will always seek consent prior to a cookie falling within that category being made available on a device.